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1800s Early Portrait of a Black Woman.... Or, Black Man? Any Guesses?

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    Posted 1 year ago

    sunnynatur…
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    Today I found this lovely old painting of a black lady with full red lips. I thought she was beautiful. There is an interesting redish mark on her left forehead.
    However, after looking at her for a while, I'm wondering, is this person a female ( red lips, tied up hair, bow at neckline)... or male ( mustache, heavy face whiskers)....? Hmmm....
    Approx, 20"L x 16"W
    Based on the canvas, nails and style, I'm guessing its mid 1800s - Victorian era.
    It appears to be signed by artist but it is illegible.
    I'd love your opinion and feedback.
    Thx!

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    1. IronLace IronLace, 1 year ago
      The loose style of brushwork could suggest a later date than 19th century...but perhaps it was a study (a painted sketch) for a more finished version. And may I suggest that the person portrayed may have been gender non conforming?
    2. sunnynature22 sunnynature22, 1 year ago
      Thank you, IronLace, for your interesting and enlightening comments!

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